Pleasure Dome: Daniel Cockburn

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Pleasure Dome presents:
You Are In A Maze Of Twisty Little Passages, All Different
Daniel Cockburn In Person
& Catalogue Launch
Saturday, December 5, 8pm $8/ 5 members

Latvian House, 491 College St.
Toronto Ontario

Fresh from a six-month DAAD residency in Berlin and a number of screenings in Europe and Asia, Daniel Cockburn returns to Toronto with a curated program of his films and videos and the Toronto launch of a new publication about his work. Cockburn plays at the intersection of avant-garde and narrative cinema. Bringing together innovative storytelling strategies with structuralist experimentation, he breaks open day-to-day reality to reveal the strange codes beneath. What if time ran backwards? What if everything in the world doubled in size? Self-reflexive to the point of neurosis, Cockburn is fascinated with how images and words can illuminate the structures and rhythms of our lives.


- AUDIT (version 1), 2003, 3 minutes, super 8 w/ audio CD
An animated attempt to graph the shape of a life and all the coincidences and repetitions which occur in it.
- IdeaL, 2003, 3 minutes, video
Canonized intellectual musings (Wittgenstein) meet modern cock rock (Faith No More) in a 1-to-1 syllable-to-syllable ratio.
- Rocket Man, 2001, 5 minutes, video
A karaoke video taking the lyrics and sentiment of the Elton John / Bernie Taupin pop classic at face value… and then puts a different face on them.
- Metronome, 2002, 11 minutes, video
A multimeter cinemajunkie journeys to the depths of his cranium (and beyond!) in search of the greatest lowest common denominator of them all.
- WEAKEND, 2003, 7 minutes, video
A videotape whose sole audio/video source is The 6th Day, a Hollywood feature film about cloning.
- The Impostor (hello goodbye), 2003, 9 minutes, video
A circular lament in memory of a eulogy.
- Nocturnal Doubling, 2004, 4 minutes, video
If the universe doubled in size, would anybody know? One person does. This is his story.
- Figure Vs. Ground (with Emily Vey Duke), 2004, 7 minutes, video
A roving search across endless colour-fields gradually reveals a solitary singer, struggling to be heard over distortion and doppelgangers.
- Stupid Coalescing Becomers., 2003, 3 minutes, video
A narrator lashes out at the "little opposite rebellions" he sees everywhere, secret pieces of the univers¬e that obstinately refuse to follow time's forward flow.
- This Thing Is Bigger Than the Both of Us: These Are Facts, 2007, 1 minute, video
My friend has an idea for a movie about secrets - but he won't tell me what it is. The movie about his secrecy becomes my attempt to guess what his movie idea is.
- AUDIT (version 2), 2005, 3 minutes, super 8 w/ audio CD
An animated life-graph of coincidences and recurrences recurs, with a difference.